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Wildfire burning near Hanover in El Paso County; hundreds of homes ordered to evacuate

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Posted at 2:00 PM, Feb 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-27 22:21:21-05

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. – Multiple fire agencies responded to a wildfire that was reportedly threatening structures Monday afternoon near Hanover -- about 10 miles east of Fountain.

KRDO reported the fire was burning near Milne Road and Squirrel Creek Road.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office, which was assisting the Hanover Fire Department, said there were evacuations due to the fire. The evacuation point was Hanover School, located at 17050 S Peyton Highway.

The evacuation area included hundreds of homes. The area is as follows:

Schools in the area were also evacuated:

Evacuation orders were lifted Monday night and residents were allowed to return home. Officials said the fire burned about 7,000 acres.

The fire showed up on satellite and radar images from the National Weather Service.

The sheriff’s office said there were several road closures in the area because of the fire. Relative humidity in the area was low Monday and wind was gusting over 10 miles per hour, creating a recipe for high fire danger.

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